Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s crucial to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before it breaks down at the worst possible time. Furnace Age The anticipated lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s safe to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s in your best interest to have time to find the best furnace for your home instead of having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation. Increased Gas or Electric Bills If your utility bills are going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills. More Frequent Furnace Repairs Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start watching how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making strange noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold air. These are definitely symptoms that it’s time to shop for a replacement. A Dry or Dusty Home If your home starts to feel drier or family members start struggling with allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air as well as it needs to, nor does it humidify the air. Other signs that your furnace isn’t filtering or humidifying air are splitting woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call B & G HVAC at 641-752-3429 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.